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Am J Otolaryngol. 2005 Jul-Aug;26(4):261-4.

Aneurysmal bone cyst of the temporal bone associated with reversible hemifacial paralysis.

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Department of Otolaryngology, University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile, USA.


Aneurysmal bone cyst (ABC) is an uncommon lesion of the temporal bone (TB), with only 20 cases reported. Facial paralysis is a rare complication (2 cases); however, no cases have been reported with preoperative reversal of paralysis. We report a 60-year-old man with a history of remote head trauma, who presented with serious otitis media and right hemifacial paralysis, which resolved with nonsurgical therapeutic measures. Magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography showed a destructive and expansile lesion of the TB. The lesion was surgically removed, and ABC was diagnosed histologically. The patient had an uneventful recovery and demonstrated no recurrence at 1 year of follow-up. This report presents an unusual presentation of ABC in the TB, with a review of the clinical, radiological, pathological, and therapeutic features of this entity.

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